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We met through GCN


Photos by Aaron McGrath

Back before the internet was a thing, the classified ads section of GCN often took up three pages, with people using it as a resource to find everything from sex to life partners, to new places to live.

For this very special weddings issue, in the 30th year of GCN’s publication, we speak to two married couples who met through our hallowed pages. It’s good to know that we were there at the very beginning.

Back in 1992, there weren’t many ways to meet potential partners. Eyes might lock across a crowded gay pub, or friends might introduce you, but apart from that, a lot depended on wide chances. Tony Kelly decided to take the other big option at the time, he placed an ad in GCN’s thriving personal ads section looking for love.

“It was a boxed ad,” he remembers. “I said was a graduate, looking for a similarly minded man. was living at home at the time, and got a big envelope stuffed with replies, many of them giving me great detail about the kind of men they were.”

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In this month’s bumper celebration of wedded bliss, we talk to loved-up couples who enjoyed the biggest day of their lives in 2018 and get some insider info on organising the main event. Not content with bringing you all the news that matters, your favourite magazine’s history of matchmaking is revealed as we talk to couples who met through the pages of GCN. Alongside a one-stop directory of wedding day info, we have some handy etiquette tips for attendees and a history of the battle for same-sex marriage around the globe. We continue our series of interviews with LGBT+ asylum seekers in the Direct Provision system and author Darragh Martin speaks about his new book, Future Popes of Ireland. It’s a jam-packed October issue!